Day of the Dead

IMG_5009.JPGOn Wednesday October 29th our grade 2 class, along with Mrs. Regier’s grade 2’s video conferenced with the Old Jail Art Centre in Texas to learn about Day of the Dead. El Dia Los Muertos is a holiday for remembering and celebrating those who have passed. We listened to an interactive story book, Rosita y Conchita, and watched as the characters danced and sang songs to tell the story of Rosita, a girl who is celebrating the life of her sister who’s passed.

Here is what we learned about Day of the Dead:

1. Day of the Dead is celebrated every year on November 1st and 2nd.
2. It is Mexico’s most important holiday.
3. Day of the Dead is celebrated in homes and in graveyards.
4. In homes, people create altars to honor a family member who isn’t alive anymore.
5. In graveyards people clean the graves, and leave pictures, flowers, and gifts.
6. Day o the Dead also has parades, parties, and festivals.
7. People dress up in colourful costumes. They wear masks that look like skulls with a lot of decorations and make-up.
8. The children make candy skulls and decorate them. You don’t eat the candy skulls. If you did they could break your teeth!
9. Josh made an interesting connection between Day of the Dead and Remembrance Day. Josh explained that both holidays are a time for us to remember those who are no longer with us. Great connection Josh!!!

IMG_5015.JPGAfter the story, the Old Jail Art Centre led the students through an art activity. Each student created their own luminaria. A luminaria is a paper lantern lit up by a small candle. Leaders of the Las Posadas parade carry the luminarias through the streets during this holiday.

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Finally, the kids wrote about what they learned and drew a picture.
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One thought on “Day of the Dead

  1. Jenn Regier

    Dear Busy Bees,

    I really liked how you shared your learning about the “Day of the Dead”. Our class originally thought that this celebration was spooky. We now know that it is a day of celebration! I really liked the connection that Josh made to Remembrance Day. Great job, Josh! A couple of my students are Jehovah Witnesses and they shared with us that they have a very similar tradition to the Mexican celebration too! It is called a Memorial service and they meet at a special place with other families to honour the death of Jesus. They pass around bread and wine just like the story of Jesus in the bible. It is a day for them to remember and be thankful…just like El Dia Lou Muerto. Our class is very interested in making candy skulls and decorating them for art class. Do you have any suggestions for how we can do this?

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